Structured Discusion: Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried"
G-EN270 INTRO TO FICTIONA Structured Discussion“The Things They Carried” Bruce Clary, McPherson College, McPherson, Kansas
G-EN270 INTRO TO FICTIONGive examples of O’Brien’s use of thesemethods of character development• Direct characterization • Actions, choices, by narrator decisions• Names • Dialogue• Physical features/ • Habits characteristics • What others say• Clothing, dress • How other characters• Possessions treat, respond to
G-EN270 INTRO TO FICTIONThe things they all carryRations, canteens, etc. 15-20 lbs Ammo magazines 8-14 lbsHelmets 5 lbs Claymore mines 3.5 lbsBoots 2.1 lbs Smoke grenade 1.5 lbsFlak jacket 6.7 lbs Fragmentation grenades 14 ozPoncho 2 lbs Pentrite explosives 4 lbsM-16 8 lbs APPROX.TOTAL WEIGHT 57-70 lbs
G-EN270 INTRO TO FICTIONIndividual burdens• Henry Dobbins • Norman Bowker• Lee Strunk • Rat Kiley• Dave Jensen • Kiowa• Ted Lavender • Jimmy Cross• Mitchell Sanders
G-EN270 INTRO TO FICTIONIn your group, list...• Physical objects and weights carried by your character• Mental/emotional weights carried by your character• Selected actions taken by your character• Selected words spoken by your character